COMPENDIUM, IEEC-2023   ( ISBN : 978-81-967860-4-5 )
Theme 2: Recent Trends in Agriculture and Resource Management

Empathy of Scientists and Students towards Animal Welfare in Haryana

Chetna, Gautam, Anju Bala, Anika Malik, Umesh Kumar Jaiswal and Kamaldeep

College of Veterinary Sciences, LUVAS, Hisar,125004


A study was conducted in Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar, Haryana to assess level of empathy among the veterinary scientists and students. The focus of the study was restricted to the idea that the newer dimensions in the animal welfare are evolving and include- the affective states of animals, the ability of animals to live reasonably “natural” lives and finally basic health and functioning. Moreover, veterinarians are increasingly required to be knowledgeable about animal welfare in areas other than health. So, the present study was conducted on veterinary students and faculty members in the university. A sample of fifty members and ten students from each class of B.V.Sc. and A.H. programme (1-5yrs) was drawn randomly. Thus, sample size of the study was 100 was chosen using simple lottery method. The analysis of result showed that majority of respondents were males, not having any experience with pets and were flexitarians. The respondents showed low to medium level of empathy and belief in animal mind, gender was positively and significantly correlated to level of empathy with animals. It was observed that students in later years showed lower level of empathy. Further it was reported that the most of the respondents in veterinary profession are concerned but not to the desired level. It requires further research to understand the factors underlying their human animal relations and it is recommended that government and their agencies should take steps for conducting training and making policies for animal welfare.

IEEC-2023 at RARI (SKNAU, Jobner), Jaipur, Rajasthan organised by Society of Extension Education, Agra, India